|Want. Can not have.|
I've gone back through the barn and tried on pretty much everything without any great results. C-rage is medium-ish with a pretty average back, but I need something pretty specific and nothing was really working out.
As reference, here are just some of the things we've tried to date:
Lovely Jimmy Wofford Cross Country saddle. Too narrow. Way too narrow for his big ol' shoulders. Not going to work, since I own it.
Because why not?
And then redheadlins came back from her extended vacation and was like "NO NO NO JUMP SADDLE FIRST". She followed that up by going to our local tack store and telling me I had to come in because there were two that might work for us. I sort of doubted it, but I at least wanted to order a trial of the Ovation monoflap saddle to see if that would work.
Enter local tack store.
I took both saddles on trial, marched out to the barn, slapped them on C-rage and found...
The Barnsby fits like a glove.
The panels make even contact all along his back. He has plenty of wither clearance. The flaps hang along his side instead of sticking out like would-be Pegasus wings. I even hopped on and rode for a few minutes in the 100f weather on Sunday and it was great. Good balance for me and still looked great with no objections from him.
It's older and needs a little love, but I'm thrilled. This is the easiest saddle shopping round I have ever done.
|Because this post needed a cute Courage picture|